Women in leadership is good for Jamestown’s future

We commend the women on the Jamestown City Council who now represent a majority. That is a major achievement and something we should all celebrate. Hopefully this will be an inspiration for more women to enter leadership roles in the community. We congratulate Marie Carrubba for being elected President of the Council. Being only the second woman to become City Council President is indicative of her dedication to the Council and the community.

Bringing more women and diversity into an organization tends to improve problem solving, trust, and collaboration. Jamestown City government is in desperate need of all three of these qualities. The trend of more women in leadership roles bodes well for the future of Jamestown and our region.

Comment Period Extended for DOL Scheduling Regs

The public comment period for new proposed regulations regarding employee scheduling in New York State has been extended to January 22, 2018. As a result, employers still have an opportunity to provide input on the new rules, which are currently under consideration by the Department of Labor. Based on input received so far, employers have expressed concern that the regulations will place additional costs and administrative burdens on companies that rely on flexible scheduling of employees. The regulations center around “on-call” and “call-in” scheduling, and would have a major effect on any business involved in shift work. These proposed rules would revise the call-in pay requirement of the Minimum Wage Order for Miscellaneous Industries and Occupations. We are concerned that these regulations will create more administrative and financial challenges for our members.

The Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier have heard from a number of local employers, and we are passing those comments along to both the state and the Business Council of New York State, which is also on record opposing the changes. If you would like to make your voice heard, please email us at cccc@chautauquachamber.org.

Doors Open Jamestown is Jan. 20

Once again this year, many attractions in the Jamestown area will open their doors for free, to give local people a chance to be tourists in their hometown and to see for free what hundreds of tourists pay for each year. Doors Open Jamestown is set for Saturday, Jan. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Participating attractions are: Audubon Community Nature Center, Busti Grist Mill, Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame, Chautauqua Striders, DAR House, Dykeman Young Gallery, Fenton History Center, Infinity Visual & Performing Arts Center, James Prendergast Library, Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum, Martz Observatory, Northwest Arena, Reg Lenna Center for the Arts, Robert H. Jackson Center, Roger Tory Peterson Institute of Natural History and Spire Theater. We encourage everyone to visit our outstanding attractions during this free event, and while you’re at it, spend some time and money in our local businesses, shopping and having lunch or dinner. Doors Open is sponsored by Jamestown Up Close, Jamestown Renaissance Center and the Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce.

Jamestown Chamber Salute to the finest set for Feb. 5

The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce Salute to the Finest will be held on Monday, Feb. 5 at Shawbucks Press Room. The social hour begins at 5:30, with dinner and program to follow at 6 p.m. This event is sponsored by Lake Shore Paving and Elegant Edibles. Awards will be presented as follows: New Business of the Year, Crown Street Roasting Company; Young Business Leader of the Year, Justin Hanft; Restaurant of the Year, Forte; Manufacturer of the Year, Anderson Precision; Business of the Year, Honest John’s Pizzeria; Service to Humanity, James Prendergast Library; Pride of Jamestown, Babe Ruth World Series Committee; and presentation of the 2017 Community Service Award to John Williams. Event registration is available on the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org or by calling the Chamber at 484-1101.

Fredonia Chamber Annual Banquet

is Feb. 8

The Fredonia Community Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual Awards Banquet on Thursday, February 8 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. Awards will be presented as follows: Business of the Year, Domus Fare; Retailer of the Year, Concord Pharmacy; Community Service, Lakeshore Humane Society; Service to Humanity, Partners in Kind; Spirit of Fredonia, Melanie Mann; and Lifetime Achievement, Dick Golden. This event will open with a cocktail hour at 5:30, with dinner to be served at 6:30. The cost is $30 per person. Event registration is available on the Chamber website at www.chautauquachamber.org or by calling the Chamber at 366-6200.

Winter Festival

seeks Volunteers

Planning is well underway this year as the Mayville-Chautauqua Community Chamber will once again host its annual Winter Festival on Presidents Day Weekend at Lakeside Park, Mayville. Anyone who would like to volunteer for this extraordinary annual event is asked to contact Chamber Coordinator Debby Marsala at 753-3113 or email dmarsala@chautauquachamber.org. Providing the cold weather holds for another month, there will be an ice castle constructed this year. But the event goes on despite the weather with lots of activities for families. All kinds of volunteer help is needed.